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When is Hogwarts Legacy set? Harry Potter timeline explained

Hogwarts Legacy drops players into the Wizarding World, but when is it set in relation to the Harry Potter books and films?

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Hogwarts Legacy is already one of the most hyped games of the year, but fans of the books and films may be wondering when the game takes place. Here’s everything you need to know about when Hogwarts Legacy is set within the Harry Potter timeline.

Harry Potter fans will be able to live out their ultimate fantasy when Hogwarts Legacy arrives in February by attending the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry, picking their house, and taking part in magical classes.

Despite the controversy surrounding the author of the books, Hogwarts Legacy is already being touted as one of 2023’s biggest games. But those looking to enter the Wizarding World might be wondering when the game’s story takes place compared to the existing films and books.

Here’s a breakdown of when Hogwarts Legacy is set in relation to Harry Potter and other works in the same universe.

When does Hogwarts Legacy take place?

wizard looking up at hogwarts in hogwarts legacy

The story of Hogwarts Legacy begins in 1890, a full 100 years before the events of J.K Rowling’s original book. It’s not yet clear how many years Hogwart’s Legacy plot will span, but we do know it follows a student from their first year at the school.

This means that players won’t be bumping into the likes of Harry and Hermoine around the school grounds, as Hogwarts Legacy is set a full century before they entered the Great Hall. But there will be other classic characters to meet throughout the course of the game.

So far, the furthest back in time the movies have taken us is to the early 1920s in the Fantastic Beasts series, but Portkey Game‘s story is still three decades before Newt Scamander emerged as a hero.

However, that doesn’t mean that characters from those films won’t appear in Hogwarts Legacy. Most notably, although his rise to power is still years away, a young Gellert Grindelwald is alive during this time period and could even be a fellow student.

Likewise, legendary wizard and future headmaster Albus Dumbledore arrived at Hogwarts in 1892, so don’t rule out a reference or cameo from a fresher-faced version of Harry’s mentor depending on how much time passes.


For more on Hogwarts Legacy, be sure to check out our other guides:

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